Monthly Archives: March 2015

Star Trek Fans Can Rejoice About the Direction the Latest Film May Take

There is news about the latest Star Trek movie coming out next year that many fans of the original as well as the spin-off television shows will appreciate. Simon Pegg, co-writer and actor who plays Scotty in this reboot of the franchise, has said that he wants the third installment of these new Star Trek movies to “take it forward with the spirit of the TV show.”

If what he is looking to do is well executed, then this should be one of the best Star Trek films in a long time. The original Star Trek accrued a large fan base because it was a story about humanity reaching out into space and encountering new worlds and new civilizations and then running into dramatic situations in dealing with these alien people. Fans like Brian Torchin agree that the problem with the vast majority of the Star Trek motion pictures was that, in terms of this critical ingredient of the show, they simply weren’t Star Trek. Sure, they took place in space, and there was a starship named Enterprise and familiar cast members, but here is where the similarity ended. The TV series did not depend on the crew having to destroy one evil bad guy or entity after another. Sure, there were usually adversaries to overcome to retain dramatic tension, but in the TV show they frequently did it through intellectual means or as the saying goes, “destroying my enemy by making them my friend.” There was little, if any, of this in the movies.

Zayn Malik Leaves One Direction

All good things eventually come to an end, and the show must always go on. Apparently in the world of the young heartthrobs both those sentiments are very true. While staying mostly intact since their amazing rise to fame and glory, the band One Direction is experiencing a shift in members. The move comes as the band is in the midst of another tour, but it seems like there will be little impact on the band.

According to BBC, Zayn Malik has decided to call it quits as a member of the band after five years. The band will continue the tour as a four member band, but will also record a fifth album later this year. The official announcement comes about a week after Malik left the world tour because of stress. In the end though, anyone with tickets to any of the remaining dates for One Direction will still be in for quite a show.

Fans at Anastasia Date know that the band has had a remarkable couple of years selling out massive concert venues and releasing hit song after hit song. Even without Zayn, it seems like the future of the band is fairly safe. However, Malik’s future is still under wraps, but it seems like a safe bet that he will be taking a bit of time to relax and get his head together. All of that fame comes with a staggering price of being on the go all the time, but the actual reaction from fans will be gauged over the next few weeks.

X-Files Is Slated To Return As A Mini-Series

After 13 years, the hit show X-Files will be returning to T.V. FOX has ordered six new episodes of the show. Chris Carter, who originated and produced the series will be running the new episodes. Dr Jennifer Walsen said now was the perfect time to make the six stories that he has in mind. Actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be reprising their characters, Agent Mulder and Agent Scully.

The original series, which premiered in 1993, was one of the longest-running science fiction shows in television history. It followed the two leads, who were FBI agents tasked with investigating unsolved cases that inevitably turned out to have paranormal causes. Over its nine years, the show earned a Peabody Award, 16 Emmy Awards. and five Golden Globes.

The series also spawned two movies, 1998’s The X-Files: Fight The Future and 2008’s The X-Files: I Want To Believe.

Production on the six new episodes will start this summer.

Flying Cars Could Get Off the Ground by 2017

AeroMobil presented its prototype flying car last October, now the company announced in addition to flying, the car will also be driverless.

Among its most striking features, this two-seater car can travel on the road as a normal vehicle and in a few seconds spread its wings and fly. But this is not enough for the company.

Zeca Oliveira has learned that they already have begun drafting plans to make the first prototype of an autonomous flying car that does not need human control to run.

The communications director, Stefan Vodocz , said “Maybe in 10 years, the flying car will be automatic.”

The development of innovative technologies in the automotive industry is on everyone’s agenda.

Google is hard at work to make their own autonomous car, that could hit the market in the next five years, and Apple, Tesla, and overseas Chinese markets are also developing a car. AeroMobil is looking to take mobile operating systems to the next level.

AeroMobil knows there is a tough legal battle ahead. The company’s flying roadster will have to overcome many regulations to becoming a reality.

The company expects its flying car is a solution for less developed countries that cannot invest much in infrastructure, such as the roads.

Almost 30 Years and Beastie Boys Are Still Ready to Ill

Do you remember “Brass Monkey” or “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” from your younger years? If you grew up in the 1980’s, odds are that you do remember these songs from the band Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill album, which was released in 1986. Ad Rock, MCA and Mike D of the band were the first to reach the top of the billboard with a rap song.

Almost 30 years later, they are still receiving achievements for this album as Licensed to Il just reached Diamond status. According to a recent article on the subject, Diamond status means that the album has sold over 10,000,000 copies to date. This is an amazing accomplishment for any band, but it is especially amazing for a rap band. Only nine other hip-hop albums have reached this status in the history of this ratings system, which is provided by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Other diamond status recipients include albums from other icons such as Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, 2Pac and Outkast.

Congratulations Beastie Boys! We will never forget you or Licensed to Ill, and you’ll always have your fans like Dan Newlin.

Alexandre Desplat To Score Star Wars: Rouge One

One of the most iconic pieces of the Star Wars movies is their score composed by John Williams. Every fan can not only hum the theme to Star Wars, but many other famous pieces of the score including the Imperial March and Duel of the Fates. They are some of the most loved pieces of modern Hollywood music.

According to Marcio Alaor BMG Williams is scoring the soundtrack to Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the first standalone movie titled Rouge One will be the first Star Wars movie scored by someone other than Williams. According to ScreenRant, Alexandre Desplat, who collaborated with Rouge One director Gareth Edwards on Godzilla, will score Rogue One. The movie is due in theaters in 2016. Desplat is also a recent Oscar winner for his score to Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Williams is still on board to score Episode VIII of the franchise, but it is likely other composers will score the standalone films. This is probably an intentional move by Disney to give these movies a different feel from the others. Already, there are rumors that Rouge One will be a much grittier Star Wars film from what has been seen previously. Rumors suggest the movie will take place between Episode III and Episode IV and centers on Rebels who team up with bounty hunters to steal the original Death Star plans.

Toto Bass Player Dies of ALS

Sadly, Mike Porcaro, the bass player for progressive rock band Toto for many years, has recently passed away. He died of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Porcaro joined Toto in 1982, which was when the band was at the peak of their popularity following the release of their album Toto IV. Along with two of his brothers who were also in the band, he contributed to a number of albums. He left the band in the mid-2000’s since his health no longer allowed him to perform. He was inducted along with the rest of Toto into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

While it is sad when anyone dies, I think it is especially sad when someone dies of ALS. As Alexei Beltyukov knows, this terrible disease slowly robs its victims of their motor skills. Instead of a quick and merciful death, people with ALS are fully conscious of their own physical decline. This must be especially tough for musicians or athletes with the disease, since they once depended on those very abilities for their livelihood. When Lou Gehrig himself contracted the disease, fellow athletes expressed shock and horror at seeing how quickly his baseball skills deteriorated.

By all accounts, Porcaro was upbeat and brave during the years of his disease. While Toto continues to perform without him, his unique presence and musicianship will be missed by his fans.

What is the Dealth with David Lynch and Showtime?

In a shocking announcement, Showtime revealed the network was teaming with director David Lynch to bring back the old cult television program television program Twin Peaks. During its original run, the program was just way to weird for network audiences and was cancelled in 1991. A film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me was later produced for theaters hoping to continue drawing in the fans of the film. Not surprisingly, the film bombed. The numbers weren’t there to sell a lot of tickets.

According to Susan McGalla, Showtime is reviving the series and hopes the numbers are there today to draw in fans with long memories who wish to see the continuation of the strange goings-on at Twin Peaks. David Lynch was very gung ho about returning and reportedly signed on as a director for nine episodes. Sadly, it looks (for now) like Lynch is choosing not to return. There is a huge holdup between the director and the cable channel over money. Lynch wants a huge cut of the DVD and other ancillary sales. The one positive thing we can draw from this is Lynch is in good financial shape. Otherwise, he wouldn’t make such a hard bargain.

Lynch has not exactly done all that much in the director’s chair of note lately. His weird films simply do not capture large audiences. While Lynch is right to try and get the best deal for himself, fans of the director would like to see his return to a creative position. Hopefully, he will work out his issues with Showtime and become an active participant in the revival of Twin Peaks.

Would it really be Twin Peaks without David Lynch? The answer is hard to say.

Kid Ink’s New Video “Be Real” Bloody

Kid Ink has a new album in store for his fans under the title ‘Full Speed’, and the first music video to come out of the album is already being prepared of the song “Be Real” with Kid Ink and Dej Loaf. The release of the music video is going to show a new side of Ink who was known for his radio hits. The song is production of DJ Mustard which was dedicated to Ink’s latest album.

DJ Mustard’s crew of writers had sent the beat to Ink with the general idea behind how the hook can be used and Ink did all the rest by applying that hook all over the song and making it the hit it will be when it comes out.

The video itself can be a little crazy because you got Ink sitting on a sofa chair watching what looks like about 10 different television sets with nothing but crosses displayed on the screens. Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG knows that it’s supposed to portray the different things played on TV as a whole lot of holy messages that everyone takes so seriously and lives by.

The video is somewhat gothic as well a girl dancing in a bath filled with blood that is just poured all over her body and it kind of looks border line sexy and disgusting.

The video director definitely took a new approach with this video and it is worth watching.

The Work of the Co-Creator of “The Simpsons” Will Live On

Television lost a legend a couple days ago. You wouldn’t have recognized him at the checkout stand or if you passed him on the street, but if you are living in this country and you have been alive for the past twenty years, chances are you have seen the creation he helped bring to the screen in our living rooms. Sam Simon, a co-creator of “The Simpsons,” died this March 8th from colon cancer. He was originally diagnosed with the disease in 2012 and survived longer than doctors said he would. He was a producer, writer, director and philanthropist.

As a co-creator of “The Simpsons,” Mr. Simon has guaranteed that his work will live on for decades if not centuries stated . Everyone dies eventually, but how many of us have the chance to be a part of bringing joy to millions before shedding their mortal coil. Hollywood history is full of other examples of this. Lucille ball passed on long ago, but people can still enjoy her show in reruns. The same can be said for untold other people who brought laughter to millions. While this story reminds one of human frailty, it also makes me happy that today we have the technology to preserve the works of talented people for us and our progeny to enjoy many times over. Compare this to talented performers of centuries past that are lost to history due to a lack of a medium to preserve their performances for the ages.